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The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang with a carbon fiber composite grille opening reinforcement (GOR). Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Dec 09, 2015

Mustang Lightens Its Grille with New Carbon Fiber Composite

First-Ever, All-Black Yacht Made Possible by Automotive Coatings

Nov 12, 2015

First-Ever, All-Black Yacht Made Possible by Automotive Coatings

BASF’s Basotect® TG melamine foam is used in the engine cover for various Volkswagen vehicles.

Oct 15, 2015

Combating Heat and Noise Associated With Fuel Efficient Engines

A side-by-side comparison of a traditional oil pan and that of the new oil pan made with carbon fiber composites.

Oct 05, 2015

Shedding Pounds in DOE's Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle Project

Walk This Way: How Pedestrian Protection is Changing the Automotive Industry

Aug 20, 2015

Walk This Way: How Pedestrian Protection is Changing the Automotive Industry

Problem Solving for Future Transportation Issues, Today

Jun 15, 2015

Problem Solving for Future Transportation Issues, Today

Carbon Fiber Composites: Ready for a Mainstream Debut

Apr 20, 2015

Carbon Fiber Composites: Ready for a Mainstream Debut

How Does Automotive Plastic Performance Measure Up?

Mar 28, 2015

How Does Automotive Plastic Performance Measure Up?

Pictured above is BASF's universal computer simulation instrument, ULTRASIM®.

Mar 25, 2015

Predicting Plastic Part Performance With Up To 90 Percent Confidence

The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang with a carbon fiber composite grille opening reinforcement (GOR). Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Dec 09, 2015

Mustang Lightens Its Grille with New Carbon Fiber Composite

Ford Performance wanted to showcase innovation on the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang by creating a grille opening reinforcement made of carbon fiber. Ford approached Magna International Inc. to assist in the development of a lightweight GOR concept for the Shelby GT350. BASF was invited by Magna to suggest lightweight material concepts, which resulted in a carbon fiber GOR that was 24 percent lighter than the prior plastic-metal hybrid design.

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First-Ever, All-Black Yacht Made Possible by Automotive Coatings

Nov 12, 2015

First-Ever, All-Black Yacht Made Possible by Automotive Coatings

Never before has a racing yacht been able to achieve an all-black look. Yes, black sails or a black hull, but never a black deck. We all know black surfaces heat up enormously fast when exposed to heavy sunlight, which is somewhat unavoidable when racing around the world's oceans.

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BASF’s Basotect® TG melamine foam is used in the engine cover for various Volkswagen vehicles.

Oct 15, 2015

Combating Heat and Noise Associated With Fuel Efficient Engines

The road to meeting global fuel efficiency standards has automakers trying to do more with less, like combining direct injection powertrains for high performance and cutting vehicle mass with lightweight materials. These smaller and increasingly efficient powerplants are becoming more widespread, especially in North America where the 2025 deadline for the Corporate-Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard is nearing. The federal mandate will require cars and trucks reach at least 54.5 miles per gallon.

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A side-by-side comparison of a traditional oil pan and that of the new oil pan made with carbon fiber composites.

Oct 05, 2015

Shedding Pounds in DOE's Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle Project

Through persistence and cooperation, an automaker and multiple industry suppliers have come together to develop a multi-material concept vehicle that shaved off 25 percent of its weight when compared to a production model. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle (MMLV) project, Ford Motor Co. partnered with Vehma International, a division within Magna International Inc., to create a concept 2013 Ford Fusion that weighs as much as a 2013 Ford Fiesta.

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Walk This Way: How Pedestrian Protection is Changing the Automotive Industry

Aug 20, 2015

Walk This Way: How Pedestrian Protection is Changing the Automotive Industry

Pedestrian protection is a growing concern, especially as mega-cities around the globe experience population shifts to more walkable communities. Economic research shows people are moving into downtowns and suburban neighborhoods that offer convenient and safe access to shopping and employment opportunities within walking distance. Couple this trend with regulatory action aimed to make vehicles safer for drivers and passengers, and automakers are responding with new technologies and design features offering better protection for pedestrians.

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Problem Solving for Future Transportation Issues, Today

Jun 15, 2015

Problem Solving for Future Transportation Issues, Today

A clear, blue ocean - a scenic treasure, a tranquil escape. You may be thinking, "Why's he writing about his latest vacation?" I'm not. Instead, it's a glimpse into a set of business objectives and goals within BASF. Our strategy is not only driven by growth with our current solutions and customers, but also taking advantage of "blue oceans," or opportunities to break into new spaces, markets, regions, etc. through a consistent pipeline of innovations.

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Carbon Fiber Composites: Ready for a Mainstream Debut

Apr 20, 2015

Carbon Fiber Composites: Ready for a Mainstream Debut

Vehicles constructed of mixed materials are becoming increasingly common as a result of impending fuel economy and CO2 emissions regulations. Now, more than ever, automakers are paying particular attention to which material is best and how it should be utilized in the vehicle. Fiber-reinforced composites are ideal and the industry is taking notice. BASF has found that automakers can shave weight off as plastic parts are up to 40 percent lighter than metal.

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How Does Automotive Plastic Performance Measure Up?

Mar 28, 2015

How Does Automotive Plastic Performance Measure Up?

Are you interested in exploring new vehicle material options, such as thermoplastic composites, but feel leery about the part's potential performance? It's a common misconception that you cannot predict a fiber reinforced plastic's performance as well as you can with steel and aluminum. BASF is breaking down that barrier with its ULTRASIM® technology that routinely delivers 90 to 95 percent accuracy when predicting the performance of parts molded using its materials.

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Pictured above is BASF's universal computer simulation instrument, ULTRASIM®.

Mar 25, 2015

Predicting Plastic Part Performance With Up To 90 Percent Confidence

Performance material plastics have the opportunity to overpower metal components within the makeup of the vehicle, as automakers continue down the road to lightweighting. But this only works if the part measures up to the performance of steel or aluminum, holds up under pressure and protects the vehicle's precious cargo. Unfortunately, the current standard performance analysis tools are just not cutting it.

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